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North Dakota farmers and ranchers are set on a new Farm Bill to maintain the federal programs that help keep their operations going in tough times...

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota farmers and ranchers are set on a new Farm Bill to maintain the federal programs that help keep their operations going in tough times. North Dakota Corn Growers Association executive director Dale Ihry says there's a strong sense of need for a 2018 Farm Bill.
     The Bismarck Tribune reports corn growers held four meetings in the eastern half of the state last week to gauge what producers would like to see in U.S. farm policy. The issues brought up in those meetings will be shared with the corn growers' national organization to form the group's policy and lobbying agenda.
     A priority for producers is maintaining, and possibly improving, crop insurance. One suggestion is restructuring how payments are calculated for the popular Agriculture Risk Coverage insurance program.


     BEULAH, N.D. (AP) - With snowfall approaching 60 inches in parts of North Dakota this season, wildlife are in search of food, and that means problems for landowners.
     Kevin Kading tells The Bismarck Tribune that the number of deer calls from landowners is far higher than previous years. Kading, who leads private land programs for the state Game and Fish Department, says in the past three weeks the department has received 150 calls. He says the department generally receives about 30 calls.
     Joe Schutt, who lives near a heavily deer-populated area, recommends fencing off property to prevent stressed deer from attacking valuable livestock. Schutt purchased his fence through a North Dakota Game and Fish Department cost-share program that helps landowners prevent damage to their property. The program paid half of Schutt's fence, which was installed in 2015.


     ZUMBROTA, Minn. (AP) - Opponents of a proposed 4,700-hog farm in southeastern Minnesota aren't giving up even though the state Pollution Control Agency has approved the environmental review for the project. The Post-Bulletin reports that the proposed Circle K Family Farm would feature a pit for storing up to 1.54 million gallons of liquid manure annually.
     Kristi Rosenquist, who lives near the proposed facility about five miles outside Zumbrota, says she still plans to keep a meeting with John Linc Stine, the agency's commissioner, scheduled for today.
     Kim Grosenheider, a project manager for environmental review with the agency, said the commissioner's decision to sign off on the environmental review of the project was based on the original environmental assessment worksheet and all public feedback.
     Rosenquist says the next step to fight against the farm comes at the county level.



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